Thursday, March 31, 2011

Back to Rome....

Dear Humanities Kids,
We completed the following today in class:
1. I returned each student's CER #1 assignment and we discussed some concerns regarding the assignment.

2. We watched a clip from Gladiator to illustrate the significance of the Roman arena.

3. Journal #  11 "Plato's view on Violence"
Please consider the following quote by Plato: "Violence does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits all knowledge." Now consider the psychological or sociological explanation as to why Rome had gladiators and why Roman citizens enjoyed watching the "games." In your opinion, why do advanced societies value deplorable acts? Hypothesize what form the "games" take today. What are the modern day counter parts to the gladiator events?

4. We continued with the handout involving Rome. We reviewed the Pantheon and how it was created.

1. Please read and annotate the information regarding Constantine, the Fall of Rome and Pompeii. The notations are due on Friday!

Monday, March 28, 2011

We completed "Antigone" today in class!

Dear Humanities Kids,

If you missed class on Monday, March 8th we accomplished the following:
1. We completed reading the dramatic version of "Antigone. Jake, Connor "filled in" for you.
2. We then took a few minutes to review and then proceeded to take the quiz.
3. Everyone submitted their "Oedipus take-home" quiz along with their "Antigone" quiz.
1. NONE! Just don't miss class on Wednesday, as we will begin with Rome!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back to Greek Drama......

Dear Humanities Kids,
If you missed class, we completed the following:

 Journal #10 Greek Theater Review
1. Who is known as the "Father of Greek Drama?"
2. Why is he given this title?
3. Why was the "City Dionysia" so significant to the Greek people?
4. What did the playwright receive if they won the festival?
5. How many and what types of plays were presented?
6. Who selected the winner?
7. Why do more Greek tragedies exist in comparison to Greek comedies?
8. Explain the premise behind a Satyr play?
9. What is the Greek word for actor? How does this term relate to drama?
10. Why was the Greek chorus so important to Greek drama?

2. We continued with our discussion of Greek drama by completing the handout entitled "Greek Drama." We then reviewed and discussed questions regarding "Oedipus." At this point, we watched a clip from the Royal Shakesperean production of "Oedipus."

3. We then reviewed the three different aspects of irony found within "Oedipus."
            Dramatic Irony: When the audience has information that characters within the text to not possess.
            Situational Irony: When events occur that the audience does not anticipate.
            Verbal Irony: When a character's words are the opposite of their meaning.

4. We then started discussing the companion piece to "Oedipus" called "Antigone." I gave each student a copy of the myth and the play. We completed a flow chart of the characters within the story and then we read the myth together.

5. Journal #11 (yes, two in one class period) Agree or Disagree with Sophocles?
"Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
To speak dishonorably is pardonable."
Do you agree with Sophocles? Why or why not? Is lying ever a justifiable choice? Justify your response with an example.

1. Plan a quiz covering "Oedipus" (for sure this time) on Thursday.
2. Review the different types of irony.
3.CER #1 is due on THURSDAY!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Welcome to the "Greek Woodstock!"

Dear Humanities Kids,
If you missed class on Friday, March 18th, you missed the following:

GREEK DRAMA for today, Friday, March 18th,

1. Every submitted their annotations for "Oedipus" which were given to you on Wed., March 16th.
2. We discussed the requirements for your CER #1 which is due on THURSDAY, March 24th!
3. We watched a clip from The Woodstock Movie in relationship to how much the ancient Greeks valued drama.
4. We also watched a clip from Might Aphrodite to illustrate the significance of the Greek chorus.
5. We also worked on completing the handout located below entitled "Greek Drama." If you missed class, please print off a copy of the handout and obtain the information from someone else in Humanities.

1. If you missed class today, please make sure you read  the myth of "Oedipus" located on pages. 268-273 in your textbook. You will have a QUIZ over the myth on Tuesday, March 18th! PLEASE READ THE MYTH!  This is a valuable piece of literature, as it was originally written as a narrative, and then transformed to a play by Sophocles. It also contains the literary element of IRONY, which adds to the plot line.

This image depicts a theater troupe performing "Oedipus Rex. " Oedipus is in the middle, and the Greek chorus is surrounding him.

We continued with your handout regarding Greek Theater. Please visit with someone in class.
Greek Drama

1. __________________ was the chief city-state to have significant influence regarding theater. The primary theater was called the Theater of _________________. He was the son of ___________ and _____________, and his domains included ______________, ____________ and _________________.

2. His Roman name is _______________ and he is known as the  __________________.

3. The Greek word for actor is _________________.

4. The Greek created three forms of drama.

5. Every year in late March/early April an annual state religious celebration took place called the _____________ of ________________ or the ____________ __________________. It took place to honor playwrights.

6. The celebration took the form of a competition between three playwrights.
7. The unique form of Greek theatrical productions comes from the works of four major playwrights.

8. One theory regarding the origin of early drama involved a perform named _________________, who suggested the idea of stepping out and speaking to the audience. Due to this idea, this man is recognized as the  ________________________.

9. The Greek chorus was extremely important; they carried out five important functions.


10. The overall visual style of Greek performances was greatly influenced by the following four aspects.

Ancient Greek theater mask. The Greeks used masks to help indicated emotion and the type of drama being performed. This image depicts a TRAGIC mask.


1. Please read "Oedipus" on pages 268-272
2. CER #1 is due on THURSDAY!

I introduced the myth of "Oedipus" to you today  as a catalyst for understanding Greek Drama. This myth is extremely significant, as it illustrates the ancient Greeks desire and ability to take their myths and transfer them to the genre of drama.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Influenical Greek" Quiz is on WED.

Dear Humanities Kids,

I hope you had a great long weekend! PLEASE STUDY for you quiz concerning the Influential Greeks we have recently studied.. They are listed for you below. You are welcome to make flashcards to assist you with remembering information about them.
  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Alexander the Great
  • Hippocrates
  • Pythagoras
  • Sappho
  • Phidippiddes
  • Aesop
  • Leonidas
  • Sophocles
 Angel and David, Please be prepared to share your information about Phidias when you come to class.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    We learned about Hippocrates, Pythagorus, Socrates, and Alexander the Great today in class!

    Dear Humanities Kids,
    If you missed class, we completed the following:

    1. Journal #7 Review with Aesop, Sophocles and Leonidas
               1. If the Oscars existed during my time period, I would have been nominated for best director.
               2. I was born as a slave, but given freedom due to my intellectual gifts.
               3. I believe that my line could be traced from Zeus and Hercules.
               4. Animals "teach" great lessons.
               5. "Savior" of Greece
               6. I am recognized as the most significant Greek tragedian
               7. Fables
               8. His army defeated the Persian army of 100.000 men
               9. I was a warrior and a poet
              10. Never "cry wolf"

    2. We then proceeded with the presentations for Hippocrates, Pythagorus, Socrates and Alexander the Great!

    1. Start making flashcards for the characters that we have discussed up to this point, as you will be able to use them on your quiz.
    2. The Quiz covering the "Influential Greeks" will take place on Tuesday, March 15th 


    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    Influencial Greek Presentations began today!

    Dear Humanities Kids,

    STOP MISSING CLASS! Please check the blog to find out what you missed.

    1. We started our presentations regarding the "Influential Greeks." Each partnership submitted their handout to every student and USB to me. We completed presentations for the following characters:
    Leonidas, King of Sparta
    Sophocles, Father of Drama
    Aesop, Master Storyteller 

     In order to find out what you missed, make sure you visit with someone that was in class.

    1. Each student received a copy of an article entitled "Pagans prey at ancient Athens." You were asked to read, annotate/notate (7-10/page/all the colors) the article for WED.
    2. Please note that your first CER is due on MARCH 24th. I am happy to take you down to BYU to view the free mask club performance on Thursday, March 17th. You can see the mask club performance and I can take you to the BYU MUSEUM of ART, where you can select a piece for your second CER!
    3. ALL MISSING WORK must be submitted on or before March 18th!

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Writing Lab to work on "Influencial Greek" presentations

    Dear Humanities Kids,

    If you missed class, please remember that the following is due on MONDAY:
    1. Your Power Point regarding your influential Greek saved to a USB drive.
    2. Twenty-Five copies of your handout. The handout should  detail the information indicated on your "lime sheet" concerning the "influential Greek" that you have been assigned to research.




    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    We completed your "quest" covering the gods and you were given a new assignment!

    Dear Humanities Kids,

    If you missed class, we completed the following:

    1. I  explained a research assignment. Each student selected a partner, and then "pulled from the hat" the name of an "influential" Greek. Your assignment involves researching that influential character and then developing a power point (minimum of eight slides). I will do my best to post the assignment, but at the present moment the post is not working. I will place the explanation outside the room, so you  can obtain the information.

      Ann and Abby you are partners! The Greek character you need to research is HIPPOCRATES! I have also included some "start" information in order to assist you with your research. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

    2. We reviewed the practice quiz for the Greek gods.
    3. We took and corrected the actual "quest" regarding the Greek gods.

    1. Read the additional source I gave you for your "Greek Influential" character. Please annotate the text/7-10/page/using ALL THE COLORS.
    2. You will go to the library on Friday to work on the Power point. Make sure you KNOW your character.